The Project’s intention is to create a work that will serve as a visually innovative symbol for hope, peace and tolerance: values which strongly underpin and inspire the 9/11 Education Programme.
Artist Miya Ando says this of her design:
Creating a public work of art from the World Trade Centre steel is an incredible honour.
My idea is to sand and re-finish part of the steel to reveal within the material a polished, light- reflecting surface. I will create a meditative
environment on the steel plate, comprising a serene horizon. I would like to leave some of the steel surface on the beams in its natural state but sand down and finish part of the steel to reveal in the material a quiet, contemplative field to create a poetic public artwork while respecting the material. The columns will remain in their current, unchanged form, thereby presenting the material in a pure and honest manner.
It is my hope that by standing upright the fallen steel columns, I may evoke a quiet yet strong message of transcendence, and the role of education in the growth of hope from tragedy. It is my hope that this sculpture will stand as a beacon for the educational programme